The European Commission has granted ‘candidate status’ to the war-hit country of Ukraine and to Moldova to join the union. The information was shared by the European Commission on June 23, 2022, adding that the EU will stand with them on this path.
“Yet another month has lapsed since Russia’s senseless invasion of Ukraine. It’s been four months of the war, but also of European solidarity with Ukraine. Such sombre dates should have no place in our calendars. Just like wars should have no place on our continent”, stated the European Union on its official Twitter handle.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, congratulated the leaders and people of both countries.
Der Leyen asserted, “Today is a good day for Europe. Congratulations to President Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy and President Maia Sandu, and Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili. Your countries are part of our European family. And Today’s historic decision by Leaders confirms that”.
This is indeed a historic step and will support Ukraine in its war against Russia, which has led to a worldwide crisis in food markets.
“We are committed to taking all necessary norms to make sure that the EU contributes to global food security in the most vulnerable regions”, the Commission further reaffirmed.
The statement of the EU then adds that the Commission is ready to grant candidate status to Georgia once the country fulfils the requirements specified in the Commission’s opinion on Georgia’s membership application.
“Sincerely commend EU leaders’ decision at EUCO to grant Ukraine a candidate status. It is a unique and historical moment in – relations. Grateful to Charles Michel (President of the European Council), EU President Ursula von der Leyen and EU leaders for their constant support. Ukraine’s future is within the EU”, tweeted the President of Ukraine.
The war between Russia and Ukraine has now completed 120 days, causing thousands of casualties.